Support equality – sign EDM 1836

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Support equality – sign EDM 1836

Early Day Motion (EDM) calls attention to the need to tackle discrimination in employment.

25/05/2011

Jeremy Corbyn MP tabled the following Early Day Motion (EDM) in parliament to call attention to the need to tackle discrimination in employment – not sanction disabled people for not being in work, as the Welfare Reform Bill proposes. The motion calls for increased resources for Access to Work for example: research shows that AtW recoups £1.48 in tax and national insurance for every £1 spent on it, yet the government is cut its scope and disabled people are not getting support that would help them be in employment (see Inclusion London's 'All in this together' project)

Ask your member of parliament (MP) to sign EDM 1836. If you do not know who your local MP is, you can find out at this website: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/

EDM 1836 ‘Employment of disabled people’ ‘That this House acknowledges the unfair treatment of disabled people in the workplace as the primary reason why they are not employed, rather than the central flawed assumption contained in the Welfare Reform Bill that disabled people need to change their attitude and to be incentivised to work through having their benefits reduced; notes that alongside benefit cuts come cuts in funding for Access to Work (ATW) and the repercussions of job losses and a reluctance to employ disabled people; further notes the need to ensure more disabled people are employed; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to increase resources for ATW and to increase investment in specialist employment support services, including more disability employment advisers, to ensure a robust enforcement of disabled people's rights under the Equalities Act 2010 in the area of unemployment instead of the Government's move to abolish the Act in its aim to reduce the legislative burden on employers, and to ensure more targeted support for disabled people wanting to be self employed or set up their own businesses as a more suitable option.’